This Burgundian domaine has been a family estate for nearly 200 years. Erwan Faiveley, 7th generation, took the reins in 2006 from his father when he was only 25. They have earned their reputation as one of Burgundy’s finest and most trusted, with an unparalleled selection from the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise totalling over 120 hectares.
This Côte Chalonnaise village gets its name from the God Mercury (God of Merchants). The story goes that a temple was erected here in honour of this deity. This climat La Framboisière produces wines with real character and is one of Faiveley’s highly reputed wines.
Total Surface Area: 11ha 11a
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 11ha 11a – (27.46 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1949, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1990
Average annual production: 65,500 bottles
To maintain all the freshness and quality of the grapes, they are pressed and vinified on site in Mercurey. Then the wine is brought to Nuits-Saint-Georges to be matured, in part, in oak barrels for 12-14 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The barrels come from high quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
Spring was predictable with slight precipitation in March and the summer was relatively wet. Especially memorable was a hailstorm in mid-June that reduced yields by 15%. The harvest was early but without excessive maturity, which indicates a very good vintage. The wines reveal a great potential in their youth. The red wines have a dark ruby colour, a high concentration, well balanced and the tannins are soft and ripe. They have a beautiful structure, flavours are fresh and spicy. Elegant notes of fresh fig are typical of 2011.
This wine has a really fruity powerful nose, which mixes with generous red and black fruit aromas and woody notes. However, it is on the palate that this wine shows its full potential, where it is powerful and fleshy with flavours of raspberry and other very ripe red fruits, almost as if you were biting into them. Its structure is powerful, with velvety tannins and a very long and fruity finish.
Grilled Meats, Cold Meats
Serve between 14º-16ºC
Côte Chalonnaise, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir